Dog Beach in RPV

Updated 4/5/12: The PV City Council has voted to rescind the plan for the dog beach pilot program. See the PV Patch story here.

Most dogs love the beach – almost as much and sometimes even more than people – except there are very few places in L.A. County where they can enjoy it. But Rancho Palos Verdes is getting close to having the one place in the South Bay where dogs can (legally) enjoy their time in the sun.

At the moment, the beach at the base of the public walking paths below Trump National Golf Course is widely used by dogs and their owners. Although it’s not technically allowed, owners openly walk their dogs on the beaches down there without getting ticketed. (The beach was recently deeded to the city by the Trump organization.)

Earlier this week, the city of Rancho Palos Verdes moved a step closer to making this an official dog beach. The City Council voted to direct its staff to work toward a 12-month pilot program and permit system that would make it legal for dogs to enjoy the beach.  Possible outcomes could include special times for dogs, or a fence that separates dogs and people. The city will also begin enforcing leash laws in parking lots and on the trails leading down to the beach.

Personal note: The South Bay Sparkle family doesn’t own dogs, yet we have always loved the beach there, and our kids get a big kick out of watching the dogs have their day in the sun. So, for the record, these non-dog-owners are happy to see the city working on plans for an “official” dog beach.

Worth noting: The City Council reports that, “Based on the input received to date, there is strong support from the general public for off-leash dog use at RPV Beach.”

To view the full city council agenda item, click here [.pdf].

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Best Beach Hikes

Did you know that some of the most spectacular beach hikes are within a quick drive of your house? It’s true, and if you’re looking for a great way to spend a day with friends, kids, or even dogs, you should make these hikes part of your South Bay agenda.

Hike #1 starts from Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes. Don’t be intimidated by the large fancy signs for this posh club; the hiking trails (and parking) are open to the public. When you pull into the main driveway, follow the signs for public parking. Then head down the walking path down to the gazebo area. If you go on the hiking path straight ahead, you’ll find yourself on a steep path down to the beach, with many switchbacks. If you head to the left, you’ll get on a more gentle sloping that nevertheless has amazing views. It’s about a 10-minute walk down to the rocky beach, where you’ll find a naturist’s delight: rock cliffs, tide pools, sea creatures, and a relatively uncrowded beach. Note: Dogs are allowed on this path and the beach.

Hike #2 starts from Terranea in Rancho Palos Verdes. Park in the public lots that are just adjacent to Palos Verdes Drive South; the path begins at the very edge of the parking lot. This gently sloping, well-paved path is perfect for little kids or those who don’t do much hiking – it has frequent rest stops and informational placards. Follow the path all the way around the resort (at one point you’ll need to cut across a service driveway) to end up at another rocky beach. This one isn’t quite as “natural” as the one at Trump National, but we guarantee that you won’t be hearing any complaints from your hiking companions.

How lucky are we to live so close to such incredible attractions? Happy hiking!